The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Have you ever felt extremely tired but happy at the same time? Could you relate to the feeling of not realizing that you are tired because you enjoyed the work so much? That’s what we as four members of Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) felt at the end of our participation in the Social … More The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Agropreneurship: growing social change

The term ‘agropreneurship’ reminds us that even the smallest-scale farmers are business-people. Sometimes, in the context of the Committee on World Food Security(CFS) it’s easy to forget  that, because we hear a lot about the differences between the private sector and civil society. A wise colleague of mine often says: “well, if you’re not for … More Agropreneurship: growing social change

Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

Drones, aquaponics systems, solar power water desalinization, LED-lit farms with optimized photosynthesis and digital soil mapping.  That’s the list of top five innovations in agriculture for 2015. How many of these are applied in Africa? And how many of these are applied on a large scale in smallholder farming? Innovation is crucial for development. We … More Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Agriculture and nutrition need to be addressed together rather than separately. Well, of course, that seems obvious, right? Except that, over time the division between the two has grown. It is clear that multi-sectoral approaches are required to tackle both for better nutrition and sustainable diets. As the African proverb suggests, to ‘go far’ we … More “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Do you get hangry?

Money may not buy happiness, but I am certainly happier when I am not hungry. And, while I sit here typing away, satiated after a nutritiously fulfilling lunch, people are hangry…chronically hangry. We need money to feed the world. To achieve goal number 2, Zero Hunger, of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we need … More Do you get hangry?

Let’s talk about the price of food

One third of all food is wasted. Much of that comes down to consumer behaviour. Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization,  40% of losses in developing countries occur at post-harvest and processing levels while … More Let’s talk about the price of food

Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

Agriculture is about everyone. How food is produced is of no interest to you unless you’re going to eat,” Nettie Wiebe, La Via Campesina. All of us eat, so all of us should care about agriculture. The way we tackle this issue, though, depends on which corner we’re in. If you work in the private … More Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Al igual que los Transformers (como los de la película), que pueden cambiar de forma para cumplir distintas tareas, la pequeña agricultura puede también transformarse para cumplir diversas funciones, más allá de su rol de productor de alimentos. En la sesión de apertura del Comité Global de Seguridad Alimentaria N°43 (#CFS43), Elizabeth Mpfou, pequeña agricultora … More ¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

The microbes are coming: it’s time to act!

Don’t you think it is amazing that joint replacement operations are possible? Or that pneumonia and tuberculosis are not a death-warrant diagnosis? Anyone who has ever had a bad gastro-intestinal infection would agree: the discovery of antibiotics is one of the most extraordinary achievements in medical science. Antibiotics or, to be more scientifically precise, antimicrobials, … More The microbes are coming: it’s time to act!

Once there was a female farmer who made cheese in Georgia…

During the 43rd Committee on World Food Security (CFS43), participants discussed farmers, ago-entrepreneurs, and family businesses. There was much talk about women farmers and their importance in rural development. But the question is: where are the women farmers? During the sessions, I was looking forward to finding the young people and women farmers. And I … More Once there was a female farmer who made cheese in Georgia…

The talk about small-scale fisheries. Or not.

“If you do not have healthy fishing communities, you will not have healthy fish consumers” – Naseegh Jaffer, General Secretary of World Forum of Fisher Peoples(WFFP) Benedetta Merlo is the Focal Point for Fisheries at theInternational Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty(IPC), an alliance platform for civil society organisations. As we chat over lunch, I can … More The talk about small-scale fisheries. Or not.

High-tech farming: the key to urban food security?

At the side event “Urban Food Security in an Urbanizing World: Lessons from Singapore” during this week’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a young man caught my attention.  Actually,  EVERYONE was interested in Martin Lavoo, Co-founder and director ofSustenir Agriculture Ltd a young farmer-entrepreneur from Singapore. Sustenir Agriculture, an indoor farming company based in … More High-tech farming: the key to urban food security?

Organic solutions to climate change

Organic farming, as a practice that preserves and conserves the natural resources, is also a good strategy in adapting to our biggest agricultural challenge: climate change. The start of the 43rd Committee on World Food Security was a significant  moment in the history of agriculture. Not only because many so many agricultural leaders gathered to … More Organic solutions to climate change

The New Development Paradigm

Investing in agriculture is not enough to reduce poverty because the rural poor are often engaged in multiple economic activities. While pro-poor growth starts with agriculture, reducing rural poverty requires increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, creating jobs, fostering economic diversification and investing in people. That was one of the views expressed during Monday’s Side … More The New Development Paradigm

Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition

Egypt takes the lead in advancing the nutrition portfolio On Wednesday 19th of October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was to make some key decisions on advancing nutrition. Egypt has played a leading role in the CFS’s engagement in this area. As an Egyptian, I was particularly interested in knowing more about the … More Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition